We are thrilled to share some exciting milestones we achieved last week! Our ISP’s social media presence soared to new heights with a whopping 23 million Facebook posts reached and a fantastic 11,000 members joining the Gabyin Community in just one year. Not to mention, our Facebook page now boasts an incredible 300,000 followers! Last Friday, September 22nd, marked the one-year anniversary of ISP Gabyin Community, and we couldn’t be more delighted. We’re looking forward to reaching even greater heights as we continue to deliver our research findings to our valued audience.
What Is ISP Gabyin Community?
It is an exclusive online community (available in Burmese language only) which grants members access to the resources and insights for free of charge. The Myanmar term “Gabyin” refers to a roofless floor detached from the main section of a house. They are often found near the entrance of premises in rural villages. Mya Zin, a Burmese scholar, explains it this way. “If a Zayet (rest house) represents a Burmese cultural icon that exists outside of villages (or between villages), then Gabyin means a property or cultural icon that exists within the villages.” Mya Zin further defines Gabyin as “a sub-department of discussion on village affairs, social engagements, economy, religion, and information exchange.”
Structure of ISP Gabyin Community
The ISP Gabyin Community is a community figuratively detached from the house’s main hall, which is ISP-Myanmar. In the ISP Gabyin Community, everyone is invited to participate in open and free discussions without being targeted by hate speeches and overcome the rules of social media’s attention economy mechanism and playbook. We can also maintain our free flow of information and knowledge even amid the bans on social media usage.
ISP Gabyin Community Has a Lot More to Offer
In our first year, the ISP Gabyin Community distributed 99 emails containing the findings of our original research. These included ISP Insights, an exclusive message for our members. Some 31 of our emails were written in English. We also organized an ISP Briefing in which only community members were allowed to participate.
Moving forward, we plan to address at least nine topics for community members under the Gabyin Talks, Gabyin Access, and Gabyin Trainings aligning with our original objectives. These ISP-Myanmar elements will be rich in data and research, and they will be free and secure for all members.ISP Gabyin Community is currently available only in Burmese. However, our English newsletter is a translation of some parts of those contents. If you want to stay on top of Myanmar affairs, you can subscribe to our newsletter email at this link. It is free of charge and will deliver valuable insights straight to your inbox. If you have already subscribed to us, you can also help us share it with your networks further.